Do you know of anybody, maybe some old age pensioner, who was telephoned by an alleged wine investment business, called “Bordeaux UK Ltd” and persuaded to part with £1000s in exchange for a written statement that a case of wine will be placed for them in a bonded warehouse in Wiltshire? If so, please alert them to this post.The following statement appears on www.bordeauxuk.com/about-us.htm“Bordeaux UK, founded in 2002 by Managing Director Ian Vanderhook, is no ordinary wine merchant and brokerage. We specialise in Bordeaux fine wines and only buy and sell wines from the region itself. We pride ourselves on the strong, intimate relationships we build with our clients and the personal service that we provide. We are a fine wine company.”The first sentence in the statement above refers to “Bordeaux UK” in the third person singular. But the rest of the statement refers to “Bordeaux UK” in the first person plural – “we, our”. You may think that I am being insignificantly pedantic in drawing attention to what may otherwise be viewed as innocent and minor schizophrenia or just clumsy grammar. But a sudden flurry of correspondence this month (October 2011) from “Bordeaux UK” to the filing department at Companies House, should give reason for concern - about the identity of “Bordeaux UK” and indeed about the very intentions of those promoting the brand and procuring postal payments for wine. (All the information set out below is in the public domain and is available free of any fee or charge from www.companieshouse.gov.uk )It involves two companies. The first, founded on 19th September 2002, is Company No. 04540202, which changed its name on 7th October 2011 from “Bordeaux UK Ltd” to “NS & IV Ltd”. (Just three days earlier though, on 4th October 2011, the sole director of Bordeaux UK Ltd had filed an application at Companies House to have Bordeaux UK Ltd struck off the Register and dissolved!!!) Then less than three weeks later, on 26th October 2011, Company No, 04540202 changed its name back again from “NS & IV Ltd” to “Bordeaux UK Ltd”!!The second company, founded just 10 months ago on 11th January 2011, is company No. 07496940, which changed its name on 7th October 2011 from “NS & IV Ltd” to “Bordeaux UK Ltd”!! Then less than three weeks later, on 26th October 2011, Company No, 07496940 changed its name back again from “Bordeaux UK Ltd” to “NS & IV Ltd”!!Both companies have the same registered office address (provided by Regus Ltd, the serviced offices firm) at Crown House 72 Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London, W14 8TH.The sole director of Company No. 04540202 is “Ian Vanderhook”, whose Companies House unique individual ID is 908532283.However, the sole director of Company No. 07496940 is “Ian Van Der Hook” (as opposed to “Vanderhook”), whose Companies House unique individual ID is 913757241. In other words, Companies House has been led to believe that “Ian Vanderhook” and “Ian Van Der Hook” are two separate individuals and ipso facto two separate directors!The above-mentioned application filed at Companies House on 4th October 2011 by “Ian Vanderhook”, to have Bordeaux UK Ltd struck off and dissolved, has not been revoked. This means that for those who paid money to Bordeaux UK Ltd, ostensibly for cases of wine stored in bond, there will very shortly be absolutely no recourse, once Bordeaux UK Ltd is dissolved and no longer exists.Interestingly, none of that which is highlighted above has ever been mentioned on the website www.bordeauxuk.comThis matter is being reported to the City of London Police.
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